27 - 29 November, 2018 | NH Prague City Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE

8:00 am - 8:30 am REGISTRATION & COFFEE

8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am - 9:40 am CONSIDERATIONS FOR CZECH ARTILLERY DEVELOPMENT

Colonel Milan Kalina - Chief of Artillery Czech Army
·          Current requirements and plans
·          Artillery development strategic project
·          Artillery Recce
·          Training and capability building
·          Future plans for 2026+
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Colonel Milan Kalina

Chief of Artillery
Czech Army

9:40 am - 10:20 am UPDATE ON THE THEATRE SURFACE FIRES COMMAND

Colonel William Kirby - Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) US Army
·          Providing cross-boundary, theatre-wide fires for a Land Component HQ
·          Utilising US and Alliance Field Artillery long-range fires
·          Reflecting on experimentation during Dynamic Front 18 and furthering the Theatre Surface Fires Command concept during future exercises
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Colonel William Kirby

Commander, 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD)
US Army

·          Overview of current Ukrainian indirect fire capability and an update into the current  conflict in the Donbass
·          Operational feedback of recent reconissance, surveillance and fire control activities
·          The direction for the development of combat efficiency to increase damage and reconnaissance capability
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Major General Andrii Koliennikov

Deputy Director, Central Scientific Research Institute of the Armament and Military Equipment Directorate
Armed Forces of Ukraine

11:00 am - 11:40 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:40 am - 12:20 pm CZECH MODERNISATION PRIORITIES AND THE NEW 120 MM MORTAR SYSTEM

Martin Šufajzl - Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence
·          Preparing for tender in 2021
·          Contenders and capability needs
·          Cost versus effectiveness
·          Related artillery projects
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Martin Šufajzl

Project Manager, Artillery & Mortars
Armaments & Acquisition Division, Czech Ministry of Defence

12:20 pm - 12:50 pm MOBILE SOUND RANGING ARRAY, THE LATEST INSIGHTS

Alex Koers - Cofounder/Director Microflown AVISAI
·          Acoustic monitoring of impact zones during NATO exercises
·          Capturing 3D shockwaves of artillery and rocket shells
·          Sound ranging during intense firing
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Alex Koers

Cofounder/Director
Microflown AVISAI

12:50 pm - 1:30 pm EVOLVING ARTILLERY TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CONVENTIONAL WARFIGHTING AGAINST A PEER OPPONENT

Colonel John Musgrave - Commandant Royal School of Artillery British
·          Analyse the challenge to indirect fire presented by the modern battlefield.
·          Outline the British Army’s reorientation of its fires.
·          Overview of the ongoing changes at the Royal School of Artillery to ensure that forces are correctly prepared for the likely character of conflict. 
·          Identify the approach being taken to improve NATO fires interoperability
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Colonel John Musgrave

Commandant Royal School of Artillery
British

1:30 pm - 2:40 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

·          Evaluating the integration of recently acquired PZH 2000 Howitzers to ensure their full operational capability
·          Assessing methods to upgrade situational awareness and target acquisition
·          Addressing counter fire and counterbattery radar capability
·          Engaging in multinational training exercises to enhance interoperability of the Croatian Army
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Lieutenant Colonel Drazen Music

Howitzer PzH2000 Battalion Commander, Artillery and Missile Regiment
Croatian Army

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm MODERNISATION OF ARTILLERY ASSETS TO RETAIN HIGH READINESS AGAINST PEER ADVERSARY

Major Marijus Jonelis - Commander General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion Lithuanian Land Forces
·          Outlining the acquisition of German PzH 2000 howitzers which will extend the Battalion’s range of fire from 11km to NATO standard 40km
·          Assessing modernisation priorities to tailor Krauss-Maffei Wegmann PzH howitzers to Lithuanian operational requirements
·          Evaluating Dynamic Front 2018 and focusing on standardisation of indirect fire deployment and identification of targets from operational to tactical levels
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Major Marijus Jonelis

Commander General Romualdas Giedraitis Artillery Battalion
Lithuanian Land Forces

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

4:40 pm - 5:20 pm UPGRADING ARTILLERY RECONNAISSANCE AND TARGET ACQUISITION

Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft - Head of Artillery and Joint Fires Branch German Army
·         Examining the performance parameters of the Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzer
·         Evaluating the reconnaissance potential of German artillery and target acquisition using UASs 
·         Enhancing reliability of data to accelerate rapidity of response on the battlefield
·         Addressing short-range fires and Air Defence artillery 
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Lieutenant Colonel Uwe Kraft

Head of Artillery and Joint Fires Branch
German Army

5:20 pm - 6:00 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: ENHANCING FIRES C2 AND TARGETING IN DEGRADED ENVIRONMENTS

·         Evaluating ways to improve precision and capability of fire support at 40km range
·         Incorporating soft-ware to communicate in real time and link field artillery and command and control systems.
·         Digitising the fires C2 suite. Assessing challenges and potential vulnerabilities of digital systems
·         Addressing operations in degraded and GPS-denied environments without radar capability 

6:00 pm - 6:10 pm CHAIRMAN’S CLOSING REMARKS AND END OF MAIN CONFERENCE DAY ONE